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Fully functioning institutions are the only option

24 January, 2006


Speaking today from Westminster where he is conducting a series of briefings, Sinn Féin MP for Newry & Armagh Conor Murphy said that 'the two governments have an obligation to deliver institutions with full decision making powers'.

Mr Murphy said:

"People voted for functioning institutions with full decision making powers. That is what the Good Friday Agreement demands and that is what the two governments have an obligation to deliver.

"Sinn Féin will not accept less than the Good Friday Agreement. Fully functioning institutions are a must. We will not accept the foolish SDLP notion of British Commissioners running Departments nor will we accept institutions which do not match those demanded by the Agreement.

"The current situation with suspended institutions is not sustainable. The two governments have to act to build on the potential created by the IRA initiatives.

"The DUP proposals which are being presented to Tony Blair this afternoon are about undoing all of this. They are an attempt to turn back the clock. That is not going to happen. The DUP need to be brought into the 21st century." ENDS

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